Friday, July 24, 2015

Order with Morphe Brushes - Swatches of 15 Eyeshadows

Hi!

If you follow Aisling's blog Total Makeup Addict (if you don't, you should), you'll have seen her recent posts about her orders from Morphe Brushes. I have to admit that I don't really watch Jaclyn Hill or any American beauty gurus so I wasn't familiar with Morphe at all until I read Aisling's posts. I filed them away in the "on a day when I am bored and I have money" part of my brain and forgot about them.

Until, I saw the new MAC burgundy times nine palette. I fell in love with it instantly but was then informed that it's the same size as a 4-pan quad. I already have a couple of the shades in it anyway, so I decided to buy some single eyeshadow refills. My Brown Thomas basket was approaching the €70 mark when I decided to cop on and log out - and then I remembered Morphe!



Behold, the longest way ever of saying "I remembered them and looked at the website". Anyway - I ordered 15, and here they are. They come in cardboard sleeves the same as the MAC refills, and the pans are the same size. There's one huge difference - MAC refills are €10 each. Morphe refills are $2.29 each (€2.10).


I ordered an empty 15-pan palette on eBay, I'm not going to link my seller because my palette arrived cracked but there are loads of palettes on there that fit MAC or Morphe. I fixed mine up with some tape rather than wait another 3 weeks for a new one:



I played it fairly safe - it's actually quite hard to find decent swatches of these shadows online unless you sit through hours of youtube hauls. On the site, the shadows have names and numbers - I think the names are a recent addition going by older blog posts, but I'll try and keep them in numerical order for you so that they're easier to find on the website.


Here are dry swatches, one swipe:


Impressive! Caramelized was a little dusty compared to the others, I found that when using a brush with it too, it had serious fallout for a matte so a good tap of the brush is needed, or  I'd spray some thermal water on the brush before I use that one rather than get eyeshadow all over me.




Midnight Kiss looks a little clumpy here, one of the reasons I wanted to try it on my eyes - I have a look down at the end of the post using it.



I went in a little heavy for some of the swatches - they're definitely very pigmented and they take ages to fade. In comparison to the quality you get from MAC - here are a couple of side-by-sides, I thought these shades were similar but when I swatched them they were totally different.



There's not a whole pile of difference in quality, to be honest with you. I do think that with some of the Morphe shades you need to be wary of fallout, particularly the darker shades, and I'd definitely recommend a primer, but I'd recommend one with any eyeshadow anyway. Here are two looks I did with some of the shadows. 

For this look, I used Pearl all over the eye, added Midnight Kiss on the eyelid and blended it out. I took it underneath the eye with a damp eyeliner brush. Black eyeliner is a kohl pencil from Lancome, and mascara is Lash Impact from No7. 



For this other look I used Glisten all over the eyelid, then I used Burlesque on the lid, Bridesmaid in the crease, and blended. Then I used Mysterious with a liner brush to outline the eye. Black eyeliner and mascara same as before.



Wear time was excellent, it stays put until I remove it after 12 or 13 hours, I had no creasing issues, and it was easy to remove. I used Essence 'I Love Stage' eyeshadow primer with the shadows. Overall, I'm very happy with them and I'm glad I placed the order. 

Now to the housekeeping:

Price: Morphe Individual Eye Shadows are available here for $2.29/€2.10 each. Use discount code JACATTACK for 10% off (thanks Aisling for the tip!).
Postage: Was a killer at a massive $19.95 for 15 eyeshadows.
Packaging: The shadows were packed tightly in bubble wrap and a brown padded envelope. 
Delivery: I received my shadows within two weeks of ordering, they arrived via An Post, and I was not charged customs despite my total being $50.81. 
Payment: Morphe accept Paypal and Credit Cards. 
Value: They're definitely a worthy competitor for the MAC shadows I have. Even with the postage, I got 15 full sized eyeshadows for less than the price of 5 MAC refills. Pretty darn good. 




17 comments:

  1. I need to bite the bullet and order some of these! I've been wanting to try Moprhe and Makeup Geek for ages so once I'm off this spending ban (ahem) I'll have to pick some up

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    1. I don't even want to google Makeup Geek, I know a lot of ladies talk about them and I'm afraid, Karen. I'M AFRAID!!

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  2. Have you ever tried Makeup Geek? They are the BEST eyeshadows I've ever tried (and I own a lot!)

    XX

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    1. I haven't! No doubt I will one day, they seem to have an amazing range whereas Morphe are quite limited at the minute x

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  3. Ooh I love the look of these. I'm still so obsessed with my Make Up Geek shadows but I will have to keep these in mind next time I'm in the market for some new eyeshadows!

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    1. They're really good considering the price, I know postage is a bit of a bitch but it's still great for 15 shadows! Third person in a row to mention Makeup Geek, think this is a sign...

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  4. Feck. Feckity Feck. Now I need these.

    The kids don't actually need their school books, do they?

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    1. Oh god no, photocopies will be grand :)

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    1. They really are, much nicer than even I expected x

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  6. I haven't bought makeup in a while, but you've tempted me with these. Marbleized, in particular, looks like my kind of colour.

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    1. Marbleized is really nice. The wear time is excellent on them, I would definitely recommend them.

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  7. wow! they look amazing sharon! i have never heard of morphe! i hear make up geek shadows are really good too and are very cheap. i bought an empty mac palette a year and a half ago and it's still only half full! was full of good intentions of getting one or two eyeshadows a month but it was a bit of an expensive habit! thanks for sharing these great shadows!

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    1. MAC is expensive, I bought two small 4-pan palettes and when I had filled them I didn't buy any more, they're too dear and there are too many "must-have" shades! You're welcome Grace, glad you enjoyed the post x

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  8. Love that you can put together your own palette never knew you could do that. Looks lovely on your eyes and just to add your eyebrows look fab :)

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  9. These look gorgeous I'll definitely be checking them out!

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  10. Dying to try these . I've been eyeing up the 350 pallette all the American bloggers and you tube girls are raving about . But I'm always dubious about how genuine their reviews are . I adore my makeup geek shadows although I did get stung by customs grrrr

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